Category Archive: teamwork

How can we impact workplace performance and innovation?


How can we impact workplace performance? Perspective and Teamwork. The consideration of New Possibilities. Active engagement and active involvement with innovation. Implementation, (at last in many cases). And continuous continuous improvement. Captured in… Continue reading

Too Busy to Improve?


There is a lot of background around this new poster, and a few different versions of things. But the basic idea is about how ideas are handled. Here, a person (an outsider, an… Continue reading

“My Team, My Team, My Team.”


The dynamic balance of collaboration and competition exists in most organizations, with the reality being that some teams are collaborative and some teams are competitive and some teams are a bit of both.… Continue reading

Team Building Success – The Stairway Model


Heavy drinking last night must have given me the idea of The Stairway Model of Team Building Success. You be the judge… The Stairway Model develops from the Escalator Model, which was built… Continue reading

Business Haiku on Downhill Journeys and Square Wheels


Understanding the Lay of the Land is important, and also the reality of the journey forward. If all you do is pull, all you will see is forward. And while that might have… Continue reading

Learning is a Round Wheels Treasure


Here’s a Chinese Proverb about LEARNING that is also about perceptual acuity and perspective, collaboration, engagement, empowerment and all that stuff. The key is to spend a minute in silent reflection / meditation… Continue reading

New Year Resolutions in Month Eight


It is August. How are you doing on your resolutions to improve your workplace now that it is Month Eight? There is still time to get things done more better faster.   For… Continue reading

Consider The Gap – the issues between ideas and implementation


“Change is Good. You go first,” was one of the quotes in The Dilbert Principle, a book on business principles and organizational improvement by Scott Adams. And there is something to be said… Continue reading

Haiku on Teamwork and Engagement


People make choices. Why not give them a chance to look at how things are working and then look to what might be done to implement improvement. And some positive Disruptive Engagement would… Continue reading

Disruptive Engagement – How ELSE are you going to change things?


Organizations keep doing the same things and expecting engagement and motivation to improve. And, worst than foolish, they are spending millions of dollars on doing surveys to show them that nothing is really… Continue reading

The Weeks of Making Progress


Not published much in a while but LOTS of new haiku and similar things needing to be uploaded. Here are three in my LEGO Square Wheels® series about “the weeks at  hand” and… Continue reading

Fifty Feet Farther – a poem about making progress


How about this for how things really work in some organizations? The Square Wheels Project is our new online training program to support supervisors in their efforts to motivate and engage their people… Continue reading

Square Wheels and Rock and Roll!


Terry Lee was over here and we were listening to songs while we are painting my den and he mentioned Uriah Heep and one of my favorite songs is “July Morning.” So, I… Continue reading

Choice and Choices – Do Things Differently!


Things are the way they are because they are what they are. We know that nothing made sense, because neither did anything else. So, instead of wondering why, wonder what. Wonder what you… Continue reading

Listening – a Poem on Performance Improvement


I saw a post about how to be a better manager and it focused on listening to people. Not reading it, I guessed that it says that if you listen to others, you… Continue reading

Ideas Wanted – a graphic about organizational improvement


I am in a new LinkedIn group and the question came up about a simple abstract about a long article that I posted up to Pulse about government employees and motivation. You can… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving – a poem about US in the workplace


I thought you might like this poem using my US / THEM theme and a focus on change and improvement. By clicking on this image, you will go to my slideshare site where… Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving Haiku – on people and workplace improvement


Here is a Thankgiving Haiku on sustaining workplace communications and success and about teamwork and team innovation. I hope you like it. Clicking on the image will take you to a whole big… Continue reading

People who are attacked by management WILL defend themselves


We talk about teamwork but we often structure our workplaces so that there are winners and losers. We set up compensation and appraisal systems supposedly to “reward good performance.” But often, only a… Continue reading

Poem on making work more fun


Our flagship team building game focuses on the leverage points of having fun playing and solving a problem and on the main issues around collaborating among different teams. So many workplaces can benefit… Continue reading

Reflection, Innovation and Engagement


We tend to make understanding the workplace and people a really difficult and complex endeavor. Sure, there are lots of differences and we can cull out themes of leadership and innovation and creativity… Continue reading

Dr. Seuss-style Poem on Engagement and Motivation


There are about 5 different threads that got me to the point of posting this. But the end result of the refocused energy was actually pretty good, I think: Here is the Dr.… Continue reading

Team Support – Getting Change to Happen


My Square Wheels® cartoons are about getting things to change. One idea is to step back from the wagon and dissociate, giving you the opportunity to see things differently. Another is that you… Continue reading

Poem on Celebrating Workplace Improvement


In updating a blog post on my other blog, I redid this Square Wheels Poster to reflect some thinking on what constitutes workplace improvement. Basically, we have Engagement Participative Involvement Peer Support The… Continue reading

Managing and Leading Change


For the past 20 years, I have been playing with the theme of managing and leading change. One reality is that you cannot push change onto someone else. In that way, it is… Continue reading

Persistence – Not Enough by Itself


My friend Kevin Eikenberry tweeted today that, “Persistence matters for matters of personal achievement and leadership.” Since I had just posted a picture blog of Perfectionism in this poems and quips blog, I… Continue reading

Zen Koans on Worker Involvement and Engagement


I thought to try to visualize things from the Back of the Wagon and to anchor a few zen-type thoughts as to non-involvement and non-engagement and the reality of workplace motivation. You be… Continue reading

Zen Koan on Workplace Engagement and Leadership


I just thought that this might anchor to some thoughts about behavioral alternatives and leadership and engagement and some workplace issues like motivation and innovation. Ya think? (grin) My belief and my experience… Continue reading

Poem on Teamwork (and Politics)


Thought you might like this poem on teamwork and organizational behavior as it meshes up with the idea that our wagons are often bogged down in the mud of reality and politics: We… Continue reading

Moron National Employee UN-Appreciation Day


My cynicism continues this morning as I read more about the dis-connection of so many workers as I write on my developing toolkits of Roadblock Management and of Facilitation for Workplace improvement. They… Continue reading

Destiny, Teamwork, and Making Sense of Things


I was thinking about teamwork and how it tends to integrate with company culture while I was looking at some old powerpoint slides of quotes. I thought to polish up this one and… Continue reading

Workplace Happiness – The World


My friends in Hong Kong at CSG just sent me some research reports from their membership with the WIN / Gallup International global research network that I thought to pass along. I see… Continue reading

Communications: What you think you said and what they might have heard


I was wandering around the connected world and came across a most favorite kind of article, one that posted up factoidal information. Gretchen Gavett at HBR shared some interesting charts and data. You… Continue reading

Haiku on TeamBuilding and Teamwork and working together


Teams can form up quickly, but a team may be only a team and not part of any larger team, which is why interdepartmental collaboration is an organizational oxymoron. A cartoon haiku for… Continue reading

Haiku of Business Improvement – Square Wheels


As leaders and motivators of others, we need to continually celebrate success as well as look to the future for contininuous continuous improvement. A feeling of success is a critical factor in the… Continue reading

The Boss, Thinking and Missing; A Dr. Seuss style poem


Thought you might like this little glimpse of organizational reality, but here is my LEGO version of how things really work in most organizations along with a Dr. Seuss-style poem of the commonplace… Continue reading

Teamwork? Why is this called TEAMwork?


Every so often, I am simply struck by what some people call team building. I have written extensively in my other blog about things like go-kart racing, golf, bowling, firewalking and other activities… Continue reading

Motivation, Peer Support and Engagement – A LEGO Poster


My son Jeff had a great idea and simply illustrated it. He was reading one of my earlier blog posts on the workplace and group involvement and gave me the punchline that appears… Continue reading

Progress: The Illusion of it


Someone pinned one of my blog posts that had a few optical illusions embedded in it. You can see that here: So, having the master powerpoint file for my Posters open, I thought… Continue reading

Managing: Ants, Lizards and Wasps


Ah, the animal kingdom offers so many examples of the workplace and behavioral choices. And, using those natural scenes, we can often see individuals in motion, building things and implementing change and dealing… Continue reading

Yes, you CAN be a more engaging leader of teams


You do NOT need to be a professional facilitator of teams in order to generate more intrinsic motivation and engagement. All you need to do is involve people in aligning to the vision… Continue reading

Don’t Think about Innovation. Don’t think about Elephants.


Look at this simple illustration about how things work and don’t think about innovation: Don’t think about process improvement possibilities. Don’t think about issues of engagement and involvement. Don’t think about what might… Continue reading

Think Working Hard is Making Progress?


I was always told that hard work would generate success. But a simple look around the real world will show one how silly that statement is. It is NOT simply about hard work;… Continue reading

Creativity, Courage and Time – Keys to Implementing Improvements


Here is another in the “Courage Series” of Square Wheels LEGO business haiku. This one simply illustrates the need for speed and the requirement that communications is effective for involving and engaging the… Continue reading

A Square Wheels LEGO Haiku on Fear and Change


It is funny how one thought leads into another. After designing the LEGO haiku I posted up a bit ago, another framework came to mind as I was thinking of these same issues… Continue reading

REPETITION: LEGO Square Wheels Poster on Doing Things Repeatedly


Wax on. Wax off. Wax on. Wax off. Mr. Miyagi was helping Daniel Caruso in a famous scene in The Karate Kid — repeating the same motions over and over again to develop… Continue reading

LEGO Square Wheels of Continuous Improvement: Hey, Boss!


It has always been my belief that the best ideas for improvement always come from the people who are doing the job and have a hands-on reality of how things work and what… Continue reading

Poster on Making Progress and Innovation in the workplace


Using LEGO and my Square Wheels main cartoon, I offer up this little Dr. Seuss – type poem for your viewing enjoyment. Improvement is about involvement and engagement of the team, and teambuilding… Continue reading

Story of Courage, Leadership and Teamwork


I packaged up a slideshare program telling the story of Susan, a wagon pusher, and her courage in suggesting that her wagon-pulling boss take a different look at how things are working, with… Continue reading

Trust is the Residue of Promises Fulfilled – A LEGO Poster


Frank Navran used this quote 20+ years ago and I have used it ever since: Trust is the residue of promises fulfilled. I think it is really memorable and reinforces the reality that… Continue reading

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